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IBM InfoSphere Information Server, Version 8.1, system requirements

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This document includes system requirements for the product modules and components of IBM InfoSphere Information Server.

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Ensure that your computer meets the system requirements before you install the InfoSphere Information Server suite product modules and components.



System requirements (Windows)


Before you install InfoSphere Information Server in a Microsoft Windows environment, ensure that your computer meets the hardware and software requirements for the product modules and components that you want to install.

Platform requirements (Windows)


The client tier is supported on 32-bit versions of the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP Professional. Service Pack 2 is required.
  • Windows Vista. You can use any of these editions: Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate, or Windows Vista Enterprise.
  • Windows 7. You can use any of these editions: Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate.
  • Windows Server 2003. Service Pack 2 is required. You can use any of these editions: Windows Server 2003 Standard, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise, Windows Server 2003 Datacenter, Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise, or Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter.

The metadata repository, services, and engine tiers are supported on the 32-bit version of Windows Server 2003.

Note: To use more than 4 GB of RAM, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise, Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise, Windows Server 2003 Datacenter, or Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter is required.

All InfoSphere Information Server products are supported on all tiers on the 32-bit Windows operating systems specified above when running on 32-bit or 64-bit AMD or Intel processors.

Client tier software requirements (Windows)


Ensure that your computer meets the client software requirements before you install the client tier.

IBM InfoSphere Information Server console

Your system must have Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 with Service Pack 1 installed. The InfoSphere Information Server installation program installs Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 with Service Pack 1 when there is not an existing installation of Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1.

Note: You must upgrade existing installations of .NET Framework 1.1 to .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1.

IBM InfoSphere Information Server Web console

The following Web browsers are supported:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
  • Mozilla Firefox 2


IBM InfoSphere Information Server Business Glossary Anywhere

  • Internet Explorer 7 (Business Glossary Anywhere is not browser-based, but uses components that are provided by Internet Explorer 7)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2 Service Pack 1


IBM InfoSphere Business Glossary Client for Eclipse The InfoSphere Business Glossary Client for Eclipse is supported on Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2.

The computers must meet the following requirements:

  • Network connectivity to an instance of InfoSphere Business Glossary, Version 8.1.2.
  • Java™ Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1.6.
  • Depending on which Eclipse features of the InfoSphere Business Glossary Client you want to install, the system must have the following software prerequisites installed:
    • InfoSphere Business Glossary Core: supported on any Eclipse application based on Eclipse 3.4.2 or Eclipse 3.5.1
    • InfoSphere Business Glossary UML Integration: supported on Rational Software Architect version 7.5.2
    • InfoSphere Business Glossary UML Profile: supported on Rational Software Architect family products, version 7.5.2 and InfoSphere Data Architect version 7.5.2
    • InfoSphere Business Glossary Data Model Integration: supported on InfoSphere Data Architect, Version 7.5.2 Fix Pack 1 or InfoSphere Data Architect, Version 7.5.2 Fix Pack 2. The InfoSphere Data Architect installation must include the Lifecycle and Architecture Tool Integration, UML-to-LDM Transformation feature.

Metadata repository tier and InfoSphere Information Analyzer analysis database software requirements (Windows)


The following database servers are supported for use with the metadata repository and the InfoSphere Information Analyzer analysis database:

  • IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition Version 9.1 or a subsequent fix pack for this version
  • IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition Version 9.5 Fix Pack 2a or a subsequent fix pack for this version
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
  • Oracle 10g Release 2
  • Oracle 11g Release 1
  • Oracle 11g Release 2

The database server must be installed on the same computer that the services tier is installed on, or on another computer with high-speed network connectivity to the services tier computer. This requirement might not be met when the computers are not on the same network segment or if a firewall is installed between the two computers.

When you install InfoSphere Information Server, you can have the InfoSphere Information Server installation program install a new copy of DB2 Version 9.5, or you can use an existing DB2 Version 9.1 or DB2 Version 9.5 installation.

Note:

  • Oracle Advanced Security option is not supported. If this option is turned on, turn it off before installing Version 8.1.
  • For DB2 instances, partitioned databases are not supported.
  • DB2 is not required if you are using another database server for the metadata repository database or the InfoSphere Information Analyzer analysis database.

Services tier software requirements (Windows)


WebSphere Application Server Version 6.0.2 fix pack 27 or a subsequent fix pack for this version is required for the services tier. When you install InfoSphere Information Server, you can install WebSphere Application Server, or you can use a preexisting WebSphere Application Server installation.

IBM InfoSphere Information Server FastTrack

The metadata import process requires that at least one of the following components be installed on the services and engine tiers when you install IBM InfoSphere Information Server FastTrack on the client tier:

  • IBM InfoSphere DataStage and IBM InfoSphere QualityStage
  • InfoSphere Information Analyzer

Engine tier software requirements (Windows)


One of the following C++ compilers is required for InfoSphere QualityStage and InfoSphere DataStage when you use the parallel canvas. The parallel canvas requires that the compiler and the SDK be installed in their default locations.

  • Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2003
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition C++
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2005 Express™ Edition C++

Documentation software requirements (Windows)


To access help and other topics in the InfoSphere Information Server Version 8.1 information center, which is installed in the services tier, you must have one of the supported Web browsers installed. The following Web browsers are supported:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
  • Mozilla Firefox Version 2

To access the PDF documentation that is installed with InfoSphere Information Server, you must have Adobe Acrobat or a comparable PDF reader installed.

Networking requirements (Windows)


The client, metadata repository, services, and engine tiers must be able to communicate with each other over the network on all ports that are used by the software.

Memory requirements (Windows)


  • The minimum amount of memory for installing the InfoSphere Information Server client tier is 2 GB.
  • The minimum amount of memory for installing the InfoSphere Information Server services and engine tiers on the same computer, or on separate computers, is 4 GB.

Memory requirements depend on the type of processing, the volume of parallel processing, the size and number of simultaneously running InfoSphere DataStage and InfoSphere QualityStage jobs, and the memory requirements of the operating system and other applications (such as relational databases).

Evaluate the following factors to determine the memory requirements for your system:

  • The number of InfoSphere Information Server product components on the same server
  • Other software on the same server
  • Performance requirements
  • Size and complexity of your configuration
  • Extent of activity and the number of concurrent clients that access your system

Minimum disk space requirements (Windows)


Important: These installation disk space requirements are the minimum requirements for installation. Operational requirements are significantly larger than these minimum installation disk space requirements.

The installation of InfoSphere Information Server requires the following minimum disk space:

  • 1.3 GB for WebSphere Application Server
  • 500 MB for DB2
  • 1.4 GB for the InfoSphere Information Server components
  • 2.5 GB for the metadata repository database
  • 1 GB for the InfoSphere Information Analyzer analysis database
  • 2 GB of temporary space during the installation

Note: Your system's temporary directory requires 1 GB of available free space during installation, even when you specify an alternate location for the InfoSphere Information Server installation program to use for temporary storage during installation.

Table 1. Minimum disk space requirements for a client tier installation

Client products and components Minimum disk space
InfoSphere Information Server client products
  • 10 MB in the Windows\system32\ directory
  • 840 MB
IBM InfoSphere Information Server Business Glossary Anywhere 3 MB

Table 2. Minimum disk space requirements for the metadata repository tier installation

Metadata repository components Minimum disk space
DB2 500 MB
Metadata repository database DB2: 2.5 GB
Oracle: 1 GB
SQL Server: 1.2 GB
InfoSphere Information Analyzer analysis database 1 GB

Table 3. Minimum disk space requirements for the services tier installation

Services components Minimum disk space
WebSphere Application Server 1.3 GB
InfoSphere Information Server product components 310 MB

Table 4. Minimum disk space requirements for the engine tier installation

Engine components Minimum disk space
InfoSphere Information Server product components 700 MB

Table 5. Disk space requirements for the documentation installation

Documentation component Disk space
PDF documentation 400 MB

System requirements (Linux, UNIX)


The metadata repository, services, and engine tiers are supported on systems that run the following versions of Linux and UNIX.

Table 6. Linux and UNIX operating systems

Operating system 32-bit or 64-bit Processors and environments
HP-UX 11i v2 64-bit PA-RISC
HP-UX 11i v3 64-bit PA-RISC
HP-UX 11i v2 64-bit Intel Itanium processors
HP-UX 11i v3 64-bit Intel Itanium processors
IBM AIX 5.3 64-bit - RISC (POWER5, POWER6, and POWER7) processors. Additional requirements apply to POWER7. See technotes 142150 and 1420730.
- Logical partitions are supported
IBM AIX 6.1 64-bit - RISC (POWER5, POWER6, and POWER7) processors. Additional requirements apply to POWER7. See technotes 142150 and 1420730.
- Logical partitions are supported
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Server 32-bit or 64-bit AMD or Intel processors
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Advanced Platform 32-bit or 64-bit AMD or Intel processors
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server 32-bit or 64-bit AMD or Intel processors
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Advanced Platform 32-bit or 64-bit AMD or Intel processors
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server 64-bit IBM System z
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Advanced Platform 64-bit IBM System z
Sun Solaris 9 Operating Environment 64-bit UltraSPARC processors
Sun Solaris 10 Operating Environment 64-bit - UltraSPARC processors
- Solaris Zones and Solaris Containers are supported
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 32-bit or 64-bit - Service Pack 1
- AMD or Intel processors
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 64-bit IBM System z